NNTRC Snakes

Scientific Name

Agkistrodon bilineatus

Common Name 

Cantil

Snake

Physical Characteristics

Average length, 24in. (60cm). A heavy bodied snake. Colors may vary but are for the most part brown or black, with a darker banding, some having white or creamy accents.

Geographic Range (Latin America)

Mostly found in Mexico and Central America

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Habitat:

The Mexican cantil likes a vast range of habitats, including seasonally dry forest, tropical deciduous forest, tropical scrub forest and savanna. Habitat bordering rivers or streams is preferred, but it may also occur in grasslands and cultivated lands

Diet:

Small mammals, amphibians, lizards, and other snakes.

Venom:

Hemorrhagic

Remarks:

Normally shy, if threatened it will first try to camouflage or evade. If it still feels threatened then it will use a threat display.

This page was last updated on: February 9, 2016